The phrase “TRAITOR” was sprayed on the driveway of one of Donald Trump’s impeachment attorneys during the ex-president’s impeachment process.
The incident occurred on Friday at the home of attorney Michael van der Veen, who, along with Bruce Castor Jr. and David Schoen, successfully defended Mr. Trump when he was acquitted on Saturday for inciting the riot in the Capitol.
The word “TRAITOR” was sprayed red paint on the driveway of the attorney’s home at around 8:00 pm, located in West Whiteland Township, Pennsylvania, about 30 miles south of Philadelphia.
Detective Scott Pezick of the West Whiteland Township Police Department told ABC News Sunday that no arrests have been made.
He added that private security guards were hired to protect the residence while police increased their presence in the neighborhood.
Mr Pezick confirmed that Mr van der Veen was not on the property at the time of the vandalism and announced that the authorities had been made aware of the incident by his wife on Friday evening.
“She came home, saw it in the driveway and called the police,” said the detective, adding that it was the only vandalism found on the property.
Mr. van der Veen, a personal injury attorney by profession, was in Washington, DC at the time of the incident, having made arguments in the Senate that day in defense of Mr. Trump.
During their argument on Friday, Mr Trump’s lawyers accused the Democrats of being hypocrites.
At one point, Mr van der Veen condemned the impeachment process, describing it as a “culture of repeal of the constitution”.
The process was sparked by the Capitol Riots on Jan. 6 after a Save America rally outside the White House where Mr. Trump told his supporters to “go down to the Capitol,” adding, “You need to show strength, and…” You have to be strong. “
Five people died and several others were injured when a crowd of pro-Trump supporters broke through the U.S. Capitol. A week before leaving office, Mr Trump was indicted by the House.
The vandalism of Mr. van der Veen’s property came just hours before a group of protesters gathered outside his Philadelphia office.
The lawyer was called a “facist” when demonstrators shouted: “If van der Veen is lying, what do you do? Convict. Condemn, ”said the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Speaking to Fox News about the vandalism on Saturday, Mr van der Veen said: “My house has been attacked. I would rather not go into that. “
The visibly annoyed lawyer added, “My whole family, my business, my law firm are under siege.”